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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Simran Gill

Reinhabitors-2019

"i <3 the reinhabitors"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 611 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    315
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • up to
    315
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    51
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    105
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Simran's Actions

Food

Composting

#60 Composting, #3 Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Use Public Transit

#37 Mass Transit

I will use public transit 45 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 7.37 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Use

Learn about Temperate Forests

#12 Temperate Forests

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

I will plant 1 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Social Justice

Improve a Bus Stop

#37 Mass Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Materials Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
    What would a sustainable water future in your region look like? What needs to change?

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    Simran Gill 4/24/2019 4:13 PM
    Recently, in my community, a new sustainability plan has been implemented which promotes water conservation and efficiency. The plan calls for a central irrigation system that prevents overwatering and monitors water consumption and for artificial turf fields.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    Simran Gill 4/24/2019 4:03 PM
    Right now, I think I could do a little more reusing. I reuse bags as often as I can, but other than that I don’t reuse many things. If I put a little effort into repurposing things rather than just buying new things, it would feel pretty good.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Social Justice Improve a Bus Stop
    How can you advocate for transportation systems which minimize environmental impact while also meeting human needs?

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    Simran Gill 4/24/2019 3:58 PM
    I think when public transportation, for example, is very accessible and organized it is used more frequently.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Learn about Temperate Forests
    As you learn more about the scope and seriousness of the environmental challenges we face, what impact does that have on your thinking and actions? What are the parts that feel overwhelming? What parts help you feel hopeful?

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    Simran Gill 4/24/2019 3:55 PM
    As I Iearn more, it is becoming harder and harder to fall into the habit of just forgetting everything that goes on around me. It is quite overwhelming in the moment when you read the statistics, and I think that is one of the reasons why its easier to just ignore everything that is happening. There are also good parts, though; hearing about what other people have been doing and the simple steps I can take to do my part makes me feel a little more hopeful.

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    Simran Gill 4/24/2019 10:21 AM
    Due to the immense amount of bugs coming into our house because of our compost bin, our family stopped using a compost bin at home. After talking with my family about a different size and placement of the compost bin, we have begun to use a compost bin at home again.

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    Simran Gill 4/23/2019 4:02 PM
    While researching the impact of my diet on deforestation, I was surprised to see just how extensive the list of products that contain palm oil is. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

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    Simran Gill 4/23/2019 3:59 PM
    The majority of my current diet consists of meat and dairy products, and both contribute greatly to deforestation. Both meat and dairy fuel deforestation through their need for a large amount of land in order to be produced. One product that surprised me the most was chocolate. Nestlé, in particular, buys some of their beans from cocoa traders who grow their products illegally inside protected areas in the Ivory Coast, where rainforest cover has been reduced by more than 80% since 1960. An easily attainable goal I can start with to better the impact of my diet is eliminating coffee from my diet.

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    Simran Gill 4/22/2019 9:37 AM
    Over the weekend, I did not recycle everything I could particularly on Saturday, but in the last few days of the challenge I hope to keep up the consistent recycling.

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      Kim Allchurch-Flick 4/22/2019 9:44 AM
      Remember plastic in particular isn't going to China anymore.  Let's try to use less as recycling isn't a panacea, but a burden (exceptions being metal somewhat and paper).  Recycling is very inefficient.  We're trying to own only reusable items and reduce trash and recycling
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

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    Simran Gill 4/22/2019 9:29 AM
    I added a tree and 15 beautiful smaller plants to my backyard with the help of my family. Spending the time together picking out the plants and planting them together was quality family time. Also, seeing the colorful plants in our backyard every day is gratifying and uplifting.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Use Public Transit
    How has your access to various kinds of transporation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

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    Simran Gill 4/22/2019 9:24 AM
    The option to ride a bus has been available to me at every school that I have gone to, and I have only recently started to ride the bus in the last few years. We have been taking the bus since realizing that the bus is easier for our family, cheaper than driving to school every day, and better for the environment.